Three young men wearing balaclavas and hoodies violently tried to rob a dairy in Gore on Thursday night.
The trio entered the store on Coutts Rd about 7:30pm, one of them armed with a machete.
After a brief struggle with the shop attendant, who had his hand cut, they escaped via Lock and Irving streets.
One was wearing a light-green hoodie, the others dark.
Gore police would like to hear from anyone in the area who saw the suspects - call them on (03) 203 9300 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.